The Divided Brain

I have made a number of posts related to Iain McGilchrist’s work after hearing him speak about his book, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.

The first time I heard him speak was in 2014 in Edinburgh.  He was giving a lecture for the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh University. The lecture was free and open to the public, so having read his book, I travelled up to Edinburgh from my home in South Lakeland to hear him speak. Since then I have  attended three four-day courses organised by Field & Field, at which Iain McGilchrist has shared his current thinking and his work on his book.

Following each event I have shared what I have heard and learned on this blog.

2014 – 

2015 – 

2016 –

2018 –

These posts, and others, can be found in the Category – The Divided Brain – 

2019 – This year I will attend the Field & Field course again and for the first time will run a workshop/discussion group, in which I hope we will discuss the possible implications of Iain McGilchrist’s ideas for education, teaching and learning. In preparation for this workshop, I have explored some of the themes from Iain’s book, The Master and His Emissary, which seem particularly relevant when considering educational change.

The following earlier posts are also relevant to the implications of McGilchrist’s work for education.

The Master and His Emissary is a long and very dense text – not a quick read, but definitely a book for our time. This RSA Animate video provides a good introduction.

Another very good introduction to McGilchrist’s ideas is this short book: Ways of Attending: How Our Divided Brain Constructs the World.